The Blythe Daniel Agency offered me the opportunity to share about “Listen, Love, Repeat” by Karen Ehman. I got two copies of the book, one to review and one to give away. I will also have an opportunity to review their SMALL GROUP STUDY GUIDE at the end of November! I have not been paid for my opinion nor do I receive money compensations from any purchases of this book.
Phew. Glad to get the legalities out of the way.
I like reading Christian literature and I tend to navigate towards non-fiction. I was looking for something to read in between choir and swimming, during dull moments of the day (as if those actually ever happen… ha!), and during the oh so elusive “free time” I envisioned myself having these holidays.
I was drawn to the book because of it’s endorsements; I follow Ann Voskamp and Candace Cameron Bure on Facebook. I had never heard of Karen Ehman before but I like Proverbs 31 ministries. It made sense to give this book a go.
I started working through a PDF watermarked copy (I live in Alaska and shipping can sometimes take WEEKS) and then through the physical book which is in my purse. I quickly discovered:
- I can’t just pick this book up and set it down at leisure. If “Jesus Calling” devotionals are like the handful of cookies you grab from the counter on your way out to do life, then “Listen, Love, Repeat” is a steak and potatoes dinner with asparagus on the side. It was, for lack of a better word, “meaty” and convicting!
- I need to be just a tad bit more intentional about my spiritual growth. I was naïve to think that I could train my mind and spirit in the ways of the Lord in between math club and cub scouts! If I want to receive the wisdom that Karen imparts in this book, I need to make time for it the way I make my kids have time for their required language arts reading.
- It’s so easy to be self-centered when you’re so busy! One of the first areas this book brought conviction in my life was by pointing out how unintentional I have been with my schedule – filling it up with whatever comes up, then running around too busy to make eye contact and connect with the person in front of me. Ouch.
This book is not for you if you a) hate reading b) hate books or c) hate people.
If you are a mom who wants to connect deeply with your children while shepherding their hearts, this book is for you.
If you are a wife who wants to minister to your husband under this God-given role, this book is for you.
If you are a believer who wants to love people into the Kingdom and point them to Jesus, this book is for you.
If you are kind of dense (like me) and possibly distracted, and you need more than pretty thoughts about how to love on purpose – then this book is for you.
I absolutely love books that give me practical advice about Biblical views. Which is why I am doing everything I can to recommend this book without spoiling it for you! I’m keeping my highlighted copy. I decided to give the book away in person.
Don’t neglect to grab your copy of “Listen, Love, Repeat”. Even better, pray about giving a copy away this Christmas or leading a Bible Study with your small group!
Read any good books lately? Share below and God Bless